Useful Information

Trial Classes

We encourage everyone new to the school or starting a new class to try the class before paying any fees, and as such we offer a no-obligation trial class to everyone. 

The way it works is that you register for the new class, come along when invited for the first class, and see what you think. If you love it and want to keep coming, then you can and we'll give you the bill for the term (or part of it if you start mid-way), and you can consider yourself as having started the course. If you find that it's not for you, then we will remove your registration and that will be that - there's nothing to pay. 

So how about registering today!


Registration, Fees & Notice Periods

Once you have registered for a class, you will remain a registered pupil until you give notice.  If you move up a level, or change to a different class, you do not need to re-register - we will manage all of that for you once you have discussed with your teacher what you would like to do.  Your teacher will inform the office and the necessary admin will be done and confirmed to you.  If you wish to give notice, then we ask that you give us a minimum of half a term's notice in writing, so that we can plan the class for the next term and also offer another student on a waiting list the opportunity to have that place.  If you do not give notice, you will be charged half a term's fees in lieu.

All Colours of Dance classes are priced termly and discounts are automatically offered if the fees are paid before the first day of each term.  Discounts increase the more classes you do and are applicable to a family rather than an individual. Some adult classes are payable weekly (as you go) and these are calculated at a slightly higher rate on the basis that some poeple won't be there every week, but the teacher & resources always will be!  

2016-17 Term Fees at Colours of Dance Studios are as follows:

1 1/2 hr class = £149.40 (Autumn) £136.95 (Spring) £136.95 (Summer) or £14 pay as you go

1 1/4 hr class = £124.20 (Autumn) £113.85 (Spring) £113.85 (Summer) or £12.50 pay as you go

1 hr class = £99.60 (Autumn) £91.30 (Spring) £91.30 (Summer) or £10 pay as you go

45m class = £74.40 (Autumn) £68.20 (Spring) £68.20 (Summer) or £7.50 pay as you go

30m class = £49.80 (Autumn) £45.65 (Spring) £45.65 (Summer) or £5.50 pay as you go

Term Fees for classes held in different locations may vary.  For specific details, please look at the 'Price' link next to the name of your chosen class.

For classes held at the Colours of Dance Studios but managed by the teachers or other organisations, please apply for this information from them directly.


Terms and Conditions

Please click on the link to view our terms and conditions   https://www.coloursofdance.com/school-general-terms.html 


School Year 2016-17 Dates

Colours of Dance Studios (Histon Road) and Great Wilbraham

Summer Term: (11 weeks) 
Saturday 22nd April to Monday 17th July 
Half Term: Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June (Inclusive) 
Bank Holidays: Monday 1st May 

Perse Prep: (9 weeks)

Tuesday 25th April - Tuesday 27th June
Half Term: Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June 

St John's College School: (8 weeks)

Friday 28th April to Friday 30th June (inclusive)
Half Term: Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June

There are No SJCS ballet classes on Friday 26th May (just before 1/2 term)


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Colours of Dance is a Recognised School with CDET and has been awarded the certificate of good professional practice. Schools awarded CDET’s Recognised School Award demonstrate to students, parents and guardians that they adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether dancing for leisure or with an eye to a career in the profession 


Dance Links

You might find these links helpful in finding more about dance and qualified dance teachers in your area.

Royal Academy of Dance: www.rad.org.uk

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance: www.istd.org


Local contacts to services and businesses we think our students might find useful:

Newnham Nannies: www.newnhamnannies.com Contact Vikki Kirkpatrick

Jane Mansley- Pilates Instructor:  http://janemansley.weebly.com/blog

Jane teaches Pilates at the Colours of Dance studios. Follow her blog to find out more about the benefits of Pilates and the best techniques to keep strong!


ISTD Examinations & Medal Tests Information

Colours of Dance trains ballet pupils for entry to the Imperial Society of Dance Teachers examination & medal test syllabi. Teachers will determine when each pupils is ready for examination or medal test, but a general description of what qualifications the examinations provide is given by the ISTD and copied below for convenience. 

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. The ISTD is arranged as a series of Faculties, setting medal tests and examinations as is best suited to students of different dance genres.   Each Faculty sets its own syllabus and standards, trains students and teachers through their curses and competitions, within an overall framework set by the board.

The ISTD achieved Government recognition in November 2000 through the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and was further recognised to operate in the Qualifications and Credit Framework in 2010 by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual). Ofqual is now the successor to QCA as the Regulator for England and for qualifications on the QCF delivered in Northern Ireland, and works in conjunction with the Department for Education and Skills of the Welsh Assembly Government, as the Regulator, which recognises the ISTD in Wales. 

Modern and Tap students will be entered for examination when their teacher feels that they are ready, and each grade takes approximately 3 to 4 terms of preparation at one lesson a week.  We usually run one session of Modern & Tap exams a year, but not always - it will depend on when the current students are ready.  Tap exams can be taken from Primary to Advanced 2, and for Modern we offer them from Primary to Grade 3, after which we transition our pupils into contemporary style, which is not examined.

The Medal Test system is different to examinations, and applies to all Ballroom/Latin and Streetdance classes here.  The medal tests also define which category a candidate participates in at competitions, along with their age.  Under 12s are 'Juniors' and 12 and above are 'Juvenile'.  Students can start taking medal tests from age 4 to adult and the levels are as follows:

Under 6s - Under 8s - Social One Dance Test (SODT) - Social Dance Test (SDT) 1, 2, 3, 4 - Pre Bronze - Bronze - Silver - Gold

At all levels except the SODT, two dances are shown and examined.  At all levels except the SODT, there are 4 medals that may be gained before moving on, although not all medals are required at U6 and U8 in order to move up.  You have to have achieved all four SDT medals 1-4 in order to progress to Pre-Bronze.

If you have any other questions, please speak to your teacher or to the Principal.


RAD Examinations Information

Colours of Dance trains ballet pupils for entry to the Royal Academy of Dance's examination syllabus. Teachers will determine when each pupils is ready for examination, but a general description of what standards the examinations assess to - and thus what qualifications they provide, are provided by the RAD and copied below for convenience. 

Recommended Study Hours: What to expect in terms of hours in the studio before successful examination, provided by the RAD.  Students' actual hours of study will vary according to their specific experience, so these are intended as a guide.  The students' actual needs and progression will be managed by their teacher.

Primary in Dance Examination: 40 hours

Grades 1-3 Examination: 60 hours in class supported by 10 practice hours - Grades 1-3 Solo Performance Award: 50 hours in class supported by 10 practice hours

Grades 4-5 Examination: 75 hours in class supported by 20 practice hours - Grades 1-3 Solo Performance Award: 60 hours in class supported by 15 practice hours

Grades 6-8 Examination: 90 hours in class supported by 40 practice hours

Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate Examination & Advanced Foundation: 150 hours in class supported by 125 practice hours

Advanced 1 Examination: 150 hours in class supported by 175 practice hours

Advanced 2 Examination: 150 hours in class supported by 225 practice hours

"The RAD offers a portfolio of internationally recognised exams designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities.   The RAD is recognised to award qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and National Qualification Framework (NQF) in England and Northern Ireland by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), and in Wales by the Welsh Government. The RAD is recognised to award qualifications on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) by SQA Accreditation, a part of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.   Grades 6-8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation are included in the UCAS points tariff. Further information is available online and in Examinations Information, Rules and Regulations and Specification documentation, as well as Focus on Exams.  Visit www.rad.org.uk/exams for further details, or email exams@rad.org.uk "  

Details of the QCF levels may be found here: https://www.rad.org.uk/achieve/exams/Results,%20qualifications%20and%20recognition/recognition-accreditation

Details of the UCAS points that are gained from RAD Grade 6/Intermediate examinations and above and which may be used for university applications are given here:  https://www.rad.org.uk/achieve/exams/Results,%20qualifications%20and%20recognition/ucas-points 


Safeguarding & Child Protection

Under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”. 

We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.

The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.

Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The school should make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child.  They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.

In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively.  Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded.  Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Designated Person) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.

Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”.  This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.

* The word ‘school’ is used throughout but this would include all educational settings e.g. Academies, Pupil Referral Units, Further Education establishments and Independent schools.

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